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RIM Expands PlayBook Tablet Distribution

3/24/2011 12:19:42 PM Eastern

Naperville,
Ill. - The PlayBook tablet from Research In Motion (RIM) will be available April
19 in more than just Best Buy stores and Canada's Future Shop stores on April
19.

OfficeMax said
it would also offer the PlayBook in all three versions for purchase that day
through all of its 1,000 retail locations nationwide and through www.officemax.com.

The BlackBerry
PlayBook with Wi-Fi will be available in three versions with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB
of storage at $499, $599 and $699, respectively.

 Consumers in the U.S. and Canada can already place
preorders beginning today by visiting Best Buy and Future Shop stores or going
to the chains' websites.

Overall,
RIM plans PlayBook availability through a total of more than 20,000 retail
outlets in the U.S. and Canada. U.S. outlets will include AT&T stores,
Cbeyond, Cellular South stores, Cincinnati Bell stores, Office Depot,
RadioShack, Staples, Sprint stores, Verizon Wireless stores and BlackBerry from
Wireless Giant.

 "The new BlackBerry tablet is being lauded by
critics for its ultra-portable design, enterprise friendly setup, and
uncompromised Web experience," said Ryan Vero, OfficeMax executive VP and chief
merchandising officer.

 The  PlayBook
features include 7-inch 1024x600 WSVGA capacitive LCD touchscreen, 1GHz
dual-core processor, BlackBerry Tablet OS, dual 1080p HD cameras for video
conferencing and video capture (3 megapixels front and 5 megapixels rear),
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, GPS, accelerometer, six-axis motion sensor (gyroscope),
digital compass, 1GB RAM, stereo speakers, stereo microphones, and Bluetooth
2.1+EDR. It weighs 0.9 pounds and is less than a half-inch thick.